working hard to be better," said Paes.
It was the third US Open title for Paes and the previous two had also come with Czech partners. In 2006, the Indian won with Martin Damm and in 2009 with Lukas Dlouhy.
Paes paid tribute to Stepanek, acknowledging his resilience as he came back well from a back surgery early this year.
"Find someone from Czech republic that's my advise to anyone who is looking for a doubles partner. They are hard working guys. I have to thank him," quipped the Indian. "He had lot of adversities this season, coming out of injury and surgery it's amazing to stand here. I have to thank him," he said.
Paes attributed his success to the "respect" that he always showed to the sport, to his partners and his opponents.
"When I get on the court, my respect for my opponents are so much that I will put my best every single point, every single shot. That comes out of respect for the game. That comes out of respect for your opponents, a lot of respect for your partner.